RickySkaggsPhoto credit: John Russell/CMA


At “The 52nd Annual CMA Awards” Wednesday night in Nashville, freshly inducted Country Music Hall of Fame member Ricky Skaggs was honored during a special tribute with the country and bluegrass music legend front and center.


At Country Music’s Biggest Night™, the eight-time CMA Awards winner was spotlighted with a star-studded medley that Billboard declared as the evening’s “best performance.”


The tribute opened with Skaggs and his band, Kentucky Thunder, tearing into bluegrass classic, “Black Eyed Suzie.” Skaggs then joined 2018 CMA “Entertainer of the YearKeith Urban and John Osborne of Brothers Osborne, pickin’ electric-style through his 1983 chart-topper, “Highway 40 Blues.” Skaggs then hitched up with Brad Paisley on electric guitar and Marty Stuart on mandolin for a rip-roaring performance of the 15-time GRAMMY® winner’s 1985 No. 1 hit, “Country Boy.” Youngsters “Fiddlin‘” Carson Peters and Sierra Hull also joined in for what Taste of Country calls, “pure musical genius.”


“I can’t explain what all I felt Wednesday night, but when I saw industry people standing up all over the place for ‘Black Eyed Suzie,’ it was like bluegrass music had been justified!” notes Skaggs. “It wasn’t about me, or my great band Kentucky Thunder, it was truly about the music itself. I was incredibly thankful for that. I think Mr. Monroe was smiling down from Heaven.”

Watch the full performance HERE.

“The 52nd Annual CMA Awards,” hosted for the 11th consecutive year by Paisley and Carrie Underwood, was broadcast live on ABC from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

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